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Chris Kraft Talks About The Decline of NASA

Hythlodaeus Re:The SLS? (262 comments)

That's a pretty apt description of the Ares system, but SLS is the embodiment of the engineer-led DIRECT/Jupiter movement inside NASA that opposed Ares. SLS is the rocket that NASA needs.

about a year ago
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How NASA Brought the F-1 Rocket Engine Back To Life

Hythlodaeus Re:iterative dev, no docs, took us to the moon... (221 comments)

I one read an overview of the CMM levels, and what struck me was this:

At level one, it doesn't say the organization is hopeless, doomed to failure, it says "success depends on the skills of exceptional individuals"

The rest of the levels are built on a fantasy it could be otherwise.

about a year and a half ago
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Software Lets Scientists Assemble DNA

Hythlodaeus Re:Misleading title (149 comments)

The whole post reads like a bio version of "And then I cloud-sourced an internet to my giga-drive!"

about a year and a half ago
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Why Microsoft Got Into the Console Business

Hythlodaeus Re:Co-operate with Microsoft? (257 comments)

Don't forget the Farenheit 3D API effort with SGI (SGI made it their focus, while Microsoft quietly worked on DirectX instead)

about a year and a half ago
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Air Force Sends Mystery Mini-Shuttle Back To Space

Hythlodaeus Re:timeframes reveal anything? (123 comments)

X-37 is a NASA design. The Air Force rescued it when NASA couldn't find the money to keep it going.

about 2 years ago
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Google Blocks 'Innocence of Muslim' Video In Indonesia and India

Hythlodaeus Re:What happened to freedom of speech (484 comments)

We need to carpetbomb all these countries with flyers showing every blasphemous depiction of Muhammed anyone can think of, daily, until they realize its been a few centuries since racking up a body count made anyone respect Muhammed.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

Hythlodaeus Re:Understanding Mozart's Genius (767 comments)

On the other hand, considering the original was secret, who's to say how accurately he reproduced it? In the 1700s, it was standard practice to notate music as a series of chords and let the musicians improvise within that framework.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

Hythlodaeus Re:There is nothing special about programming (767 comments)

half of Slashdot taught themselves to program when they were between the ages of 8-13

And that is exactly the kind of mind it takes to program. The good and bad programmers I've known divide fairly equivalently to those that taught themselves before high school and those who wrote their first code in CS 101.

more than 2 years ago
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More Warnings About High-Frequency Trading

Hythlodaeus Re:it's too fast (500 comments)

if it were a zero sum game they would show a profit of zero at the end of the day

They do, for a certain value of "they". My only claim is "they" does not include buy-and-hold investors, the supposed virtuous everyday people that are the poster children for all this hand-wringing. "They" does include all the slightly-less-high-frequency traders, which I suspect are the drivers of this kind of agitation for reform.

more than 2 years ago
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Possible Proof of ABC Conjecture

Hythlodaeus Re:Linking to Wikipedia to explain math (102 comments)

The historical dead paper encyclopedia wouldn't even have entries on these kinds of things. It is true wikipedia's math articles are written at a graduate or higher level, though. Personally, my response was to stop settling for less than the real deal and become a math grad student - one course at a time (taking my third now).

more than 2 years ago
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More Warnings About High-Frequency Trading

Hythlodaeus Re:it's too fast (500 comments)

HFT is a zero-sum game played with other HFT traders. Occasionally there's a flash crash, but that's a profit opportunity for day traders. Retail buy-and-hold investors are unaffected in any way.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran and North Korea Team Up To Fight State-Sponsored Malware

Hythlodaeus Re:Hmm... (191 comments)

Sure, its unfortunate our enemies have strengthened ties with one another, but my first thought on hearing the news was this comic:
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/12/05

more than 2 years ago
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Bethesda: We Can't Make Dawnguard Work On the PS3

Hythlodaeus Re:I've developed for the PS3. (371 comments)

There are certainly challenges in getting a game like Skyrim on the PS3. The strange thing is, given that it does run on the PS3, how can they be unable to add a few new weapons and monsters?

more than 2 years ago
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Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

Hythlodaeus Re:Simple solution (408 comments)

The purpose of security questions is not security - its reducing customer service workload due to forgotten passwords.
In most implementations its an overall reduction in security, since the security questions constitute a backdoor to the password, rather than an additional factor of authentication.

more than 2 years ago
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This Is What Wall Street's Terrifying Robot Invasion Looks Like

Hythlodaeus Re:Luddite (443 comments)

The fear about HFT seems to boil down to "things are happening that didn't used to happen before, must be bad." The algos are playing a high-risk zero-sum game, but only for the participants that are trading at the same timescale. For the classical buy-and-hold investor, its inconsequential. In the unlikely event a flash crash would occur and not get rolled back, it doesn't mean stock value has been "destroyed". It would be a tremendous windfall for fundamentals investors, who would buy it up to a fair value. In other words the HFT algos would lose the zero-sum game to players on a longer timescale. The reverse, a flash spike benefiting HFT at the expense of long term, wouldn't occur in practice. Traders would wait the extra 5 minutes to execute, like a tortoise playing a waiting game with a gnat.

more than 2 years ago
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This Is What Wall Street's Terrifying Robot Invasion Looks Like

Hythlodaeus Re:Luddite (443 comments)

What caused the economic collapse was the bubble in the housing market that caused people to take out unreasonably large mortgages they had no possibility of repaying. Saying derivatives caused it is like saying a dropped object falls because of the air between it and the ground.

more than 2 years ago
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This Is What Wall Street's Terrifying Robot Invasion Looks Like

Hythlodaeus Re:Luddite (443 comments)

in order to become property you have to own it for more than a few microseconds

[citation needed]

more than 2 years ago
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Peter Jackson Announces Third Hobbit Movie

Hythlodaeus Re:Here we go! (303 comments)

The Silmarillion as a whole is not a story per-se given the vast spans of time and overwhelming cast of characters, but there are three major story arcs in it each with enough unity of time/place/character to receive a similar film treatment as the Lord of the Rings: The Children of Hurin, Beren and Luthien, and the Fall of Gondolin.

more than 2 years ago
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An Olympic Games For Enhanced Athletes?

Hythlodaeus Re:A step in the wrong direction (245 comments)

Destroy a life with experimental technology or destroy a life with 10/7 practice starting in early childhood... I think the former is more humane.

more than 2 years ago

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